Pontevedra 2019: Elite Aquathlon titles to Pevtsov and Ulatowska

Two new Elite Aquathlon World Champions today in Pontevedra courtesy of Rostislav Pevtsov (AZE) and Alicja Ulatowska (POL)

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There were two new names on the list of winners of the ITU Aquathlon World Championship today in Pontevedra, Spain.

Elite Men

Despite a swim of only 1km, a trio of three athletes – Kevin Tarek Vinuela (ESP), Martin Bau (SLO) and Ander Noain Lacamara (ESP) – were able to gain a not insignificant lead of 24 seconds over the field. World Triathlon Series veteran Dmitry Polyanskiy (RUS) was the next athlete to reach transition, leading a long line of athletes ahead of the 5km run. Typically a front pack swimmer at the highest levels, that deficit would prove costly.

The Slovenian, Bau, had a poor transition which left the two Spaniards ahead and it was Vinuela who hit the turnaround point on the first of two run laps first. Azerbaijan’s Rostislav Pevtsov was moving well from the chase group and by the end of the first lap he had reduced the lead of Vinuela to just 10 seconds with Polyanskiy now third, a further five seconds behind the Bronze medallist from the 2015 Baku European Games.

Pevtsov has extensive experience in the World Triathlon Series and the writing was on the wall; he caught the Spaniard early in the second lap, surged and quickly pulled clear. He was not going to be caught, but Vinuela held strong and would hold off the experienced Polyanskiy, to take the Silver medal ahead of the Russian.

Elite Women

Zsanett Bragmayer (HUN) was first through the swim in 13:43, but she had Alicja Ulatowska (POL), Márta Kropkó (HUN), Bianca Seregni (ITA) and Julie Lemmolo (FRA) for company. Cross Triathlon Bronze medallist, Nicole Walters, was down in 28th position and 2:18 back starting the run.

The race became a head-to-head between Bragmayer and Ulatowska and with just 200m they were locked together. As the blue carpet approached, the Under-23 Polish athlete unleashed a blistering sprint which Bragmeyer had no answer for. It was a great finish and behind, Itzel Arroyo Aquino (MEX) ran through to take the Bronze, to ensure two Under-23 athletes on the Senior podium.

Catch up on all of the reports from Pontevedra 2019:

GB Age-Group Sprint Duathlon World Champs medals
GB Age-Group Standard Duathlon World Champs medals
Elite Duathlon - Fourth for Liam Lloyd as Choquert / Levenez take Gold
Elite Cross Triathlon - Silver and Bronze for Jacqui Slack, Nicole Walters
GB Age-Group Cross Triathlon World Champs medals
Elite Aquathlon - Gold to Rostislav Pevtsov and Alicja Ulatowska
GB Age-Group Aquathlon World Champs medals
Elite Long Distance Triathlon: Javier Gomez and Alexandra Tondeur take Gold
GB Age-Group Long Distance Triathlon World Champs medals
GB Age-Group Aquabike World Champs medals

Pontevedra ITU Aquathlon World Championships – Thursday 2nd May 2019
1km swim / 5km run – ELITE


1st – Rostislav Pevtsov (AZE) – 28:52
2nd – Kevin Vinuela (ESP) – 29:15
3rd – Dmitry Polyanskiy (RUS) – 29:22


1st – Alicja Ulatowska (POL) – 33:10
2nd – Zsanett Bragmayer (HUN) – 33:15
3rd – Itzel Arroyo Aquino (MEX)


1st – Ander Noain Lacamara (ESP) – 29:39
2nd – Kamil Damentka (POL) – 29:42
3rd – Andres Cendan Llorens (ESP) – 29:48


1st – Alicja Ulatowska (POL) – 33:10
2nd – Itzel Arroyo Aquino (MEX)
3rd – Julie Lemmolo (HUN) – 34:11


1st – Esteban Basanta Fouz (ESP) – 30:10
2nd – Jorge Gonzalez Marino (ESP) – 30:45
3rd – Vitalii Vorontsov (UKR) – 30:54


1st – Bianca Seregni (ITA) – 33:33
2nd – Eva Daniels (LUX) – 33:36
3rd – Márta Kropkó (HUN) – 33:49


1st – Leo Hynes (IRL) – 47:29
2nd – Iain Dawson (GBR) – 48:59

Iain Dawson / ITU Aquathlon World Championships 2019 Pontevedra

John Levison
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TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.
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